UPDATE: Man in custody after serious situation resolved at Tahquamenon Falls

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Photo courtesy: Michigan DNR (WLUC)
Published: Mar. 29, 2019 at 10:53 AM EDT
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UPDATE: 12:19 p.m. Friday

Friday, March 29, 2019 around 9:45 A.M. Chippewa County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from a 24-year-old man saying that he was at the Upper Tahquamenon Falls State Park, armed with a firearm, and contemplating suicide.

According to Michigan State Police Sault Ste. Marie post, dispatch kept in contact with the subject while law enforcement secured the scene.

After several hours of negotiations the man turned himself over to authorities and he was taken into custody without incident.

A firearm was found in his vehicle and was seized. He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Sections of M-123, near the upper falls were closed temporarily and employees of the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub were on lockdown inside the pub until the incident was resolved. The incident remains under investigation.

Michigan State Police, assisted by Luce County Sheriffs Department, Chippewa County Sheriffs Department, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and U.S. Border Patrol responded to the scene.


Michigan State Police Sault Ste. Marie Post report the incident at the Tahqaumenon Falls State Park has been resolved.

On Facebook, Luce County Sheriff's Department reports the subject involved in this situation is in custody.

TV6 and FOX UP will have more information on the incident as it becomes available.


According to the Michigan State Police Sault Ste.Marie Post, M-123 near Tahqaumenon Falls State Park is closed to all traffic at this time due to the ongoing situation.

Emergency vehicles are blocking the roadway at this time, keeping all traffic and visitors away.

According to the owner of Tahqaumenon Falls Brewery and Pub, no one is allowed to leave or enter the park and the pub is currently on lockdown.

This story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.


Luce County authorities are asking people to stay away from the Upper Tahquamenon Falls Friday morning.

As of 10:45 a.m., Luce County Central Dispatch could not release any details but described the situation as serious.

Deputies from the Luce County Sheriff's Office and the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office are at the scene, along with the Michigan State Police.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

The Upper Falls is one the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. It has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across.